Pride Guide: 5 Reasons to Celebrate PrideFest 2014 in St. Louis This Weekend

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2. Tower Grove Pride is still going strong.

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We want to be inside you, too, Tower Grove Pride.
You don't have to go downtown to celebrate Pride. Angelo Olegna is keeping the tradition alive in Tower Grove after PrideFest moved downtown last year.

"Pride can be more of a citywide affair," Olegna tells Daily RFT. "We have a pretty substantial gay community. We don't have to concentrate everything in one spot."
In 2013 more than 1,000 revelers attended the neighborhood pride event, spending about $10,000 on local and independent artists and vendors.

See also: Tower Grove Pride: Neighborhood Group Promoting Alternative Festivities to Downtown

Tower Grove Pride, which is only on Saturday, kicks off at 9 a.m. with a picnic at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market followed by a Big Gay Block Party at South Grand and Hartford. As day turns into night, get ready for the Grand Drag show, hosted by Suzy Cydal and Mary Shino.

3. It's an historic year for gay rights in America.

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Arkansas, Oregon and Pennsylvania became the 17th, 18th and 19th states (plus Washington D.C.) to allow gay marriage just last month. Then on Wednesday, Indiana followed suit. All 31 of the other states that ban gay marriage, including Missouri, have legal challenges pending.

Even more notably, the federal appellate courts issued their first ruling on gay marriage. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed 2-1 with Utah's ruling to strike down the ban on gay marriage that voters approved in 2004.

2014 also marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which launched the gay-rights movement.

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